Random thoughts on Life, Leadership, & Messy Spirituality

McJesus – Would You Like To Super-Size That?

Okay – I don’t know who created this picture or why they did it – but I think it makes a very good point. In light of some of what I talked about on Sunday at Eagle Pointe – I felt that I needed to elaborate more on this idea…

Too many churches market the Christian faith as though it’s a Happy Meal with a toy inside & too many Christians act as though their faith in Jesus is like a Happy Meal.

Many of you know that I am not a big fan of Christian TV to say the least (Okay – there’s good & NOT so good stuff on there). The whole health/wealth –  proclaim it & claim it – “stuff” that many are peddling makes me sick. As though God is some slot machine that you just drop in your prayer (and just so happen to send them money) then God is going to drop a jackpot in your lap. They say to just follow Jesus and God will make you healthy, wealthy, & wise – and if you don’t have those things it’s because your faith isn’t big enough or there must be sin in your life.

Even those churches/Christians who aren’t in that vein “market” Jesus similarly whether they realize it or not. “Just pray this prayer & Jesus is going to make your life so wonderful.” REALLY??? Tell that to the apostle Paul who was beaten many times, pelted with rocks, shipwrecked, starved, chained, imprisoned, etc.

Tell that to Jesus’ disciples who, with the exception of one, suffered great persecution and died horrible deaths because they followed Jesus. In fact, most every person in the Bible who God used in any significant kind of way had to face A LOT of challenges and difficulties.

So evidently, following Jesus & doing what God wants you to do – does not mean that life will always be wonderful & problem free. In fact, just the opposite is true! Jesus himself said – “In this life you will have trouble!” Accept that fact! Deal with it! Prepare for it!

In fact, I often tell people that this following Jesus stuff ain’t for the faint of heart! The closer you get to God’s will; the closer you get to doing what God wants you to do; BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES BABY!!! The storm is coming! There’s a spiritual enemy who is going to throw everything he’s got at you, trying to get you off of God’s course for your life. Besides that there’s the “that’s just life” challenges. I really believe that life is just one big series of problem solving. It is God’s way of stretching & growing us into the people He desires us to be.

But here’s the super-cool – happy meal prize on steroids… When you have a relationship with Jesus (real Christianity) He helps you through all the crud of this life – you don’t have to try & handle it all on your own. Jesus gives you the power, courage, peace, strength, stamina, etc to be able to fight the good fight & finish the race. That’s why the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 4:8-9 – “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

Paul understood better than most, that “In this life you WILL have trouble!” (especially if you’re following Jesus) But He also understood better than most, that “I can do (& handle/deal with/overcome) ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Let’s be careful of what we’re “peddling” – the Good News is MORE than good enough without us trying to put whip cream, sprinkles, & a cherry on top – or an extra large side of fries.


3 responses

  1. Thanks, I needed to hear that.

    August 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

  2. Our culture today teaches how to avoid pain and suffering at all costs, and it emphasizes too much on (superficial) happiness – or rather – pleasure. On the defense of the new church movement, it is their way of attracting non-believers. HOWEVER, I personally do not condone this kind of teaching. Because pain and suffering is inevitable. It’s part of life, and God never promised pleasure or the avoidance of pain and suffering by following Jesus. What we should be emphasizing are the virtues that our culture DON’T – which is faithfulness, integrity, compassion for the suffering, humility, and doing what God intended, even when we don’t “feel” like it (discipline and obedience). The church must not follow the direction of the wind of culture – it must CHANGE the direction of that wind. Thank you for all your hard work 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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